InstrumentChamp hits its crowdfunding target


Slush was a busy time for a lot of people, walking around trying to meet and greet as many people as possible, promoting businesses, and standing in long queues for coffee or food. One of the things that kept the team at InstrumentChamp busy was the launch of their crowdfunding campaign which just last Friday reached its funding target.

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Nordic CrowdFunding is Picking Up Speed While Going International

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

With the jobs act hitting the switch earlier this month, equity crowdfunding has been a rather hot topic of discussion and we have some great news from our local equity crowdfunding partners - Invesdor and FundedByMe.

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Investment Is Getting More Accessible: Crowdfunding Overview

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Back in the day, investment was only the privilege of those with a lot of free cash lying around but today this is being challenged by easier investment opportunities and also absolutely new ways of investment such as equity crowdfunding.

Not only is it a brand new opportunity, it is also a relatively simple one. For instance to get into stock trading you need to understand a lot of basic terminology, learn your brokerage software and if you want it to be at least one step away from gambling - spend a lot of time on education and research.

With crowdfunding, it is that much simpler. The facts are normally laid out in front of you flat out, you can reach out to companies for additional information and get a general understanding of the concept and chances for success based on fundamental analysis and perception of “quality”.

Once you are ready, you can for instance take a look at our crowdfunding round-ups, such as this one, and see if there is anything you like. In this issue, we will have 6 startups from the region by FundedByMe and Invesdor, who are all looking for funding.

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Crowdfunders and Accelerators Unite as Fundedbyme and Accelerace Announce Partnership

As equity crowdfunding is starting to become more widely accepted, even newer ways of funding and starting a company emerge. Take a look at the recently announced partnership between the originally Swedish crowdfunding company FundedByMe and the Danish accelerator program - Accelerace.

The two companies intend to both “push and pull” startups from and to one another. In other words, you could go through the Accelerace accelerator program and then immediately jump onto the FundedByMe crowdfunding platform in a few easy steps. 

Alternatively, you could go to FundedByMe directly and then take part in the accelerator program after you are done. You could even include you intentions in your pitch, for example.

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August Nordic Equity Crowdfunding Overview by Invesdor and FundedByMe

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Boom! It is that time of the month again, your monthly crowd funding overview. This time around we have a lot of great companies to choose from, be it gold mining, eating eggs or cool accessories from the Nordics.

Both Invesdor and FundedByMe are putting their best companies into the spotlight and we think that you should definitely check all of them out:

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Equity Crowdfunding Companies To Invest Into During Summer

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Crowdfunding is breaking records nearly monthly, which is hopefully an indication of things to come. Just take a look at Star Citizen, a crowd funded MMO game that claimed over $14 million this month or the crowd funded smart phone that can double as a laptop, aiming to raise $32 million.

Our region is not lagging behind, in fact when it comes to equity crowd funding we are definitely ahead of the curve. This time around we are going to take a look at some numbers from FundedByMe and Invesdor.

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June Nordic CrowdFunding Overview

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Equity crowdfunding movement is clearly the way of the future and what is great about it is that the Nordic region is at the forefront of it. With two fully operational equity crowdfunding companies, FundedByMe and Invesdor, the region is ahead of many others that are still awaiting regulatory permissions.

The competition will increase, however, so both of them are active with introductions of new companies and services. Today we are brining the newest equity crowdfunding investment opportunities by Invesdor and FundedByMe:

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Is this FundedByMe’s Zach Braff?

When Zach Braff chose to raise money for his latest film, Wish I was here, he chose Kickstarter – and crowdfunding. Although the ethics of letting such a big name onto Kickstarter were questioned, the platform is adamant that his presence drew others to the platform – and improved others’ chances of getting funding.

According to Kickstarter, Braff’s film (along with a Veronica Mars one around the same time) “brought tens of thousands of new people to Kickstarter. Sixty-three percent of those people had never backed a project before. Thousands of them have since gone on to back other projects, with more than 400 000 USD (300 000 EUR) pledged to 2 200 projects so far. Nearly 40% of that has gone to other film projects.”

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Crowdfunded Film On Swedish Tax Waste Allows Filmmaker To Stay Independent

Before Martin Borgs joined the crowdfunding scene, the largest amount raised for a Swedish film was 393,646 SEK (€45,000) in a month. On FundedByMe, the largest amount raised for any project on the “classic crowfunding” site was 257,914 SEK. Borgs made more than that in the first 2 weeks that his latest film project was on FundedByMe. He raised 550,000 (€63,000) SEK in total to “granska slöseri med skattepengar” or examine the waste of tax money in Sweden.

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Roundup Of Equity Crowdfunding Projects In The Nordics

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Its the beginning of the month and hopefully you just received your salary and are thinking of where to put it. You could of course spend the money on food, drinks and clothing. However you could also consider thinking long-term and invest into companies that actually make those things in return for equity.
Crowdfunding is all the craze with companies such as Click & Grow from Estonia and Memoto from Sweden raising very large amounts in return for perks. However equity crowdfunding may be in fact the way of the future, where not only are you able to get the products of the companies that you back but also an equity stake for a long-term investment.

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Nordic Equity Crowdfunding Raised More Than €2.5 Million And A List Of Companies To Invest Into

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

We are back with our crowdfunding overview of the Nordics, bringing you the most interesting cases from FundedByMe and Invesdor. If you are still not on the wave of equity crowdfunding, then here is your chance to get acquainted with the possibilities in the region.

While many are waiting for the equity crowdfunding enabling JOBS act to pass in the USA, everything is already up and running in the nordics. Besides, we have recently heard from reliable sources that the JOBS act is not as certain to pass as many would think. Which would put the Nordic equity crowdfunding initiative in the spotlight, especially considering that it has already raised nearly €2.5 million in a very short lifespan.

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Nordic Startup Companies Anyone Can Invest In

Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.

Ever want to invest in startups? We've got another awesome roundup of projects coming out of the Nordics that you can invest in. In addition to companies on Invesdor crowdfunding platform, we now are also bringing you startups companies from FundedByMe.

And remember, these projects are 'equity crowdfunded' companies looking for investment, which we're lucky to offer. Compared to Kickstarter, which gives you things like t-shirts or pre-orders in return for donations, with these equity crowdfunding platforms you're actually investing in these companies and receive shares in the company in return. In the U.S. people are getting excited about the JOBS act making equity crowdfunding legal for U.S. companies, but the Nordic countries are ahead of the game.

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FundedByMe To Launch Branch In Finland As Crowdfunding Heats Up In The Nordics

FundedByMe has expanded from their native Sweden and launched their equity crowdfunding platform in Finland. The company also offers the more traditional rewards-based crowdfunding platform (think Kickstarter), but equity crowdfunding offers some interesting new opportunities to startup companies by allowing them to raise money by selling shares to a large number of investors who can invest smaller amounts of money. The minimum amount needed to invest on FundedByMe is €50.

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FundedByMe Launches Equity Crowdfunding Platform

Sweden's FundedByMe has launched their Equity Crowdfunding platform to the public, making it another player in the Nordic equity crowdfunding scene. FundedByMe already offers a crowdfunding platforms similar to Kickstarter, which repays investments through gifts or preorders. In comparison, an equity crowdfunding platform provides a mechanism to legally disperse shares of a company to its investors.

The big draw of equity crowdfunding is that you open up your company to a potentially much greater pool of investors. Investments of a few hundred (or a few thousand) euros can potentially add up quickly. When signing up to the service as an investor, it asks you how much you have willing to invest in a company, and so far they've put together a "potential investment pool" of € 4 312 025,31 worth of hypothetical money.

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Nordics Embrace Crowdfunding

With project after project hitting higher and higher goals on Kickstarter (a watch just hit $7 million of its $100,000 goal) one can say the crowdfunding industry is hot. The U.S. is also opening up equity crowdfunding for startups, which could usher in a new era of startup investing. Perhaps it's just hard to compete against the noise and hype of the U.S., but the Nordic region also has a couple platforms that can get your startup funded though both Kickstarter-like gifting and equity crowdfunding.

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Internetfonden To Match Crowdfunded Investments In Swedish Startups On FundedByMe

Fundedbyme, the Swedish Crowdfunding startup, has made a partnership with Internetfonden (the internet fund) to support and strengthen internet related projects through crowdfunding. Internetfonden gets its money through the surplus income generated from .se domain-name registrations, and its charter requires it to finance projects that promote the development of the internet in Sweden.

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Funded By Me Is Your Friendly Local Crowdfunding Platform

While every crowdfunding website will tell you that there's a long history of strangers pooling money together to fund ideas, the movement of funding online has beaten predictions that it would be inherently unsuccessful or overrun over by scammers. While Kickstarter has become the world's dominant leader in creative project funding, Funded By Me is holding its ground in the Scandinavian market by allowing users to take advantage of the pre-order and gift style of crowdfunding, and also by keeping projects close to home.

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